The 2023 Pi2 Summer Symposium, where undergraduate scholars from the Pi2 Summer Scholars Program present their research posters to faculty, donors, and students was held on August 22. The symposium was the capstone event for the undergraduate scholars that spent the summer months conducting research alongside a graduate student on a topic they expressed interest in.
Chair James Analytis gave opening and closing remarks respectively, and topics presented included spin transport in novel magnetic platforms, redshift calibration for next-generation surveys, quantum geometry and the fractional quantum Hall effect, and more.
The Pi2 Summer Scholars Program, part of the Physics Innovators Initiative (Pi2), emphasizes mentorship by pairing undergraduates with graduate mentors that provide guidance on conducting research in their area of interest and developing as a physicist. The program also supports scholars with a summer stipend, made possible by the generous support of Berkeley Physics donors. This successful program will continue in the coming years.